I Love You (The Neighbourhood album)

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I Love You.
Studio album by The Neighbourhood
Released April 22, 2013
Genre Indie rock
Length 45:50
Label Columbia
Producer Justin Pilbrow, Emile Haynie
The Neighbourhood chronology
Thank You,
I Love You.
Singles from I Love You.
  1. "Female Robbery"
    Released: October 8, 2012[1][2]
  2. "Sweater Weather"
    Released: December 3, 2012[3]
  3. "Let It Go"
    Released: January 14, 2013[4][5]
  4. "Afraid"
    Released: July 23, 2013[6]

I Love You (stylized I Love You.) is the debut studio album by American indie rock band The Neighbourhood, which was released worldwide on April 22, 2013.[7]


The tracks on this album expresses a series of angst-ridden themes based on both the vibe and lyrical content of the songs. Bryan Sammis explained to Coup De Main magazine: "I think that at least in terms of the musical aspect of it, all of us try and get our own emotions out through our instruments, which is not always the easiest thing to do. I think for Jesse Rutherford lyrically, what I really like about him and about us as a band is that a lot of his lyrics aren't necessarily pre-ordained, because he's not trying to force it. A lot of his lyrics are off the top of his head when he first hears the song, because that makes it more natural, it's legitimately what he is thinking about and how he is feeling when he hears that song."[8]


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 48/100[9]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2.5/5 stars[10]
Drowned In Sound 3/10 stars[11]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[12]
Los Angeles Times 5/10 stars[13]
MusicOMH 2.5/5 stars[14]
PopMatters 5/10 stars[15]
This Is Fake DIY 7/10 stars[16]


Critical response to I Love You. was mixed; aggregating website, Metacritic, reports a weighted average rating of 48, based on 8 reviews, indicating "mixed or average reviews". This Is Fake DIY reviewer Jamie Milton gave the album its best noted rating, 7/10, commenting "[The Neighbourhood] stick to the remarkably fully formed mantra they arrived on the scene chanting. And while they could go darker, grizzlier, or even shinier, ‘I Love You[.]’ achieves what few debuts can, by making one hell of an opening statement."[16] Caroline Sullivan of The Guardian was more critical of the album's lyrical content, assigning 3/5, citing "Rutherford's petulant take on things ... obviously aimed at teenagers, but the album's dreamy melancholy and high-shine production are just as likely to rope in their parents, who may also appreciate the traditional songcraft behind every tune."[12] Kat Rolle of Drowned In Sound provides the album's most unforgiving review, 3/10, stating, "From their British orthography to their monochrome Tumblr-friendly imagery and carefully orchestrated 'mysterious' internet launch, they are to all intensive purposes [sic] a carefully marketed boy band, superficially combining indie and hip-hop influences with a touch of emo grunge thrown in, but always setting up camp under the all-embracing banner of early teen-targeting pop."[11]

Note that the album tracklist appears to have undertaken dramatic edits prior to being released publicly, as Kat Rolle comments on the "late-stage change up" of "How," which now appears as the album's opening track.[11] Jamie Milton also comments, "The album closes with a track called ‘A Little Death’," though "A Little Death" does not appear anywhere on the album's final release.[16]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "How"   5:14
2. "Afraid"   4:11
3. "Everybody's Watching Me (Uh Oh)"   3:58
4. "Sweater Weather"   4:00
5. "Let It Go"   3:17
6. "Alleyways"   4:27
7. "W.D.Y.W.F.M.?"   4:19
8. "Flawless"   4:06
9. "Female Robbery"   3:29
10. "Staying Up"   4:28
11. "Float"   4:21
Total length:


The Neighbourhood
Technical personnel


  1. ^ Lane, Dan (October 8, 2012). "This week's new releases 08-10-2012". Official Charts Company. Retrieved May 17, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Female Robbery – Single by The Neighbourhood". iTunes Store (GB). Apple. Archived from the original on May 15, 2014. Retrieved May 15, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Modern Rock – Available for Airplay Archive". FMQB. Retrieved February 6, 2014. 
  4. ^ Lane, Dan (January 14, 2013). "This week's new releases 14-01-2013". Official Charts Company. Retrieved May 17, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Alternative > Future Releases". All Access Music Group. Archived from the original on May 12, 2014. Retrieved May 14, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Alternative > Future Releases". All Access Music Group. Archived from the original on June 29, 2013. Retrieved February 5, 2014. 
  7. ^ "The Neighbourhood announce details of debut album, I Love You". Gigwise. March 5, 2013. Retrieved May 12, 2013. 
  8. ^ Sweater Weather by The Neighbourhood Song Facts (accessed May 29, 2014)
  9. ^ "I Love You. by The Neighbourhood". Metacritic.com. April 24, 2013. Retrieved May 12, 2013. 
  10. ^ Sendra, Tim (April 22, 2013). "I Love You - The Neighbourhood". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved May 12, 2013. 
  11. ^ a b c Rolle, Kat (April 19, 2013). "The Neighbourhood - I Love You". Drowned In Sound. Retrieved May 12, 2013. 
  12. ^ a b Sullivan, Caroline (April 18, 2013). "The Neighbourhood: I Love You. - Review". The Guardian. Guardian Media Group. Retrieved May 12, 2013. 
  13. ^ Wood, Mikael (April 24, 2013). "Album review: The Neighbourhood's I Love You.". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 12, 2013. 
  14. ^ Raymond, Max (April 16, 2013). "The Neighbourhood - I Love You". MusicOMH. Retrieved May 12, 2013. 
  15. ^ Faulkner, Brent (June 25, 2013). "The Neighbourhood: I Love You.". PopMatters. Retrieved March 25, 2014. 
  16. ^ a b c Milton, Jamie (April 22, 2013). "The Neighbourhood - I Love You.". This Is Fake DIY. Retrieved May 12, 2013. 
  17. ^ I Love You. on iTunes